Why Our Corporate Immigration Lawyers Can Help With Immigrant Visas
Filing for immigrant visas for employees is a complex and arduous process. There are 3 main categories of I-140 immigrant visas, EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3. There are also subsets within each of these categories. Depending on which category the employee qualifies for, it can make a huge difference in how quickly they will be eligible to file for a green card or I-485 adjustment of status application. The filing of an I-140 is normally what gives an employee a priority date, except in the case where a PERM labor certification must be filed. In this case, the priority date is the date the PERM is filed with the Department of Labor. This priority date is important because this date, along with the category in which you are applying and your nationality, determines when you can file for the green card.
There are also multiple agencies involved in the immigrant visa process, starting with the U.S. Department of Labor in many cases and then USCIS, or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is part of DHS. If the employee is abroad, then the U.S. Department of State will also be involved in issuing an immigrant visa abroad.
There is also an annual limit on the number of immigrant visas that can be issued in each employment-based visa category. The Visa Bulletin is used to monitor usage of immigrant visas and is issued by the Department of State each month. The Visa Bulletin lists dates for each employment-based category and country-specific category. These dates are then matched to the applicant’s priority dates to determine when they can file for the adjustment of status or complete their consular processing in order to get a green card.
To determine which employment-based category the case falls under, many factors must be taken into account, including the individual’s degree, work experience, the job offered, etc. Therefore, only an experienced immigration attorney, after evaluating all of the circumstances, can give the best options that are available. An I-140 visa attorney who specializes in employment-based immigration will be needed to prepare and file the I-140 in the vast majority of cases seeking positive results.